The "Mentalism Show" performed on this video is suitable for mature teens and adults; young children may not understand some of the concepts.
First, Harlan's original "37 Across" immediately gets everyone's attention with its impossible premise and the performer's uncanny ability to discern letter-for-letter a randomly chosen word.
Next, the audience is treated to Harlan's novel approach to a book test routine, "Reddit!" Involving many spectators and three paperback novels, the mentalist is able to receive randomly chosen words and phrases, even predicting the future by determining the book, page, and line chosen for the climax.
At this point, the audience is convinced that just about anything is possible, so this quick effect, "Newsline," serves to reinforce that idea. A folded prediction and a column of newspaper are displayed, the spectator directs the performer where to cut the column with scissors, and the line cut to matches the prediction.
Now, the audience is ready for something different and Harlan provides it with his innovative "Mind Your Hands," using ten mismatched pairs of colored gloves.
Keeping the show moving with a quick, visual piece, the mentalist introduces "Deja Voo Doo" in which a spectator is cursed and cured in the span of two minutes.
Rounding out the middle section, highlighting the versatility of the mentalist, is Harlan's "Lotto Luck," an original presentation of the Bank Night theme featuring four envelopes containing secret prizes. Although the spectators make all the decisions, the performer is left with the only envelope containing money. But, just so there are no hard feelings, each spectator opens their envelope to find a lottery ticket inside.
Moving into a more relaxed presentation which reveals something about the performer, Harlan presents his unique "Now Showing," using ticket stubs from various movies, concerts, and theatrical presentations. One of these is chosen and the bag containing the prediction unexpectedly turns out to be the prediction!
The reputation maker, "Time Capsule," is Harlan's headline prediction, a classic premise with a strong impact made entirely practical and requiring minimal preparation. The headline of any newspaper is predicted weeks, even months, in advance and revealed during the show. It's a phenomenal effect that is a natural for generating publicity.
Last, but certainly not least, is "Psy Stebbins" using the ingenious stacked deck to create a lasting impression. You can use this simple stack to instantly know what card has been chosen. It can even be done with multiple cards. And Harlan explains how to use it to generate a standing ovation.
Enjoy the show, then prepare to learn the secrets of a master as every nuance is revealed. Soon, you too will Pack Small, and Play Big!
Actual briefcase & props not included.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.